The Golden Stone

In a forest full of tree’s and fallen leaves lies a golden stone. This golden stone has been nestled in the ground for years.  It has been stepped upon, ignored by passerby’s, and has been bruised by the elements.  Now this golden stone lays buried just underneath the surface of the earth; completely still and undiscovered.
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Guest Post on Meditative Arts: Why I Will Never Photoshop

As a photographer, I stand against using Photoshop in my work in a way that extensively manipulates an image to either create or take away from what I think makes a persons beauty shine.  And as a woman, I am in touch with the constant pressures of needing to look and feel perfect.  

But I say, beauty always starts from within.


"We can be emotional, we think with our hearts, and are stepping up to lead the world single-handedly. Shouldn’t that be included in what defines our overall beauty? These are the qualities that empower us to shine in our own unique way".

Click on image below to read more here from my guest post on Meditative Arts.

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Photographer, Kim Manley Ort | See Beauty...™ Friday Feature

“The meaning of life is to see.” ~ Hui Neng, 13th century monastic

The quote above has been a favorite of mine for some time now. As a photographer and a human being, my goal is to see reality as it is, with as few preconceived notions as possible.

What I have found is that there are always new and surprising ways to see an object, a person, or a situation – and often, there is more beauty present than we ever imagined.

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Artist, Tracey Chan | See Beauty...™ Friday Feature

Today I woke up and I was facing the window side of the room. The light streamed gently down the wall from under bamboo blinds in a peaceful gradient; light to darkness. The sun was blazing outside, but the graceful sunshine filtered dreamily. With groggy eyes, I lay there for a while thinking about how gorgeous that small vignette was, and being grateful that I could see it. And this is my life; made up of these little beautiful moments in the simple things.

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Cultural Dancer & Painter, Nandi Riguero | See Beauty...™ Friday Feature

I'm excited to bring you today's See Beauty...™ Friday Feature by Nandi Riguero.  Nandi is a painter and a cultural dancer.  She brings together two worlds of artistic expression that is both spiritual and transformative in nature.  She's here to share with you her most recent artwork and latest installment of movement and rhthym.   I welcome you as you read to open up your heart and and mind to be inspired by this element of creativity that invites us to discover and reconnect with our inner self. 

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Photographer, Tara Hornich | See Beauty...™ Friday Feature

There’s a place I love to go with my daughter - it’s usually very green there and full of fresh air and gentle breezes. I grew up there, riding horses, walking through paths and hiking around a small stream that flows through the mountain. I love this place. I love how beautiful it feels and smells. I love what it reminds me of and I know I can go there any time to find grace.

It’s my paradise.

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See Beauty...™ Friday Feature | Anthony Robles; Beyond His Limitations

 “My spirit is unconquerable, fearless I will face each foe, for I know I am capable.  I don’t care what’s probable, through blood, sweat, and tears, I am unstoppable.” – Anthony Robles (see the entire poem here)
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